Inadequate number of dialysis machines and staff in Indore’s government hospitals is forcing many kidney patients to pay as much as five times more at private clinics for the routine procedure.
The patients have to struggle immensely to enroll themselves for the dialysis treatment as barely 11 machines are in working condition in these hospitals.
Some of the patients wait for weeks and months for their turn, while the others who can afford the expenses turn to private hospitals, sources said.
The government hospitals charge about Rs 250 for a single sitting of the treatment, while private hospitals demand anywhere between Rs 1,200 and 1,800 for it.
“The technicians hired by us work in shifts, which are of six hours. On average, a patient undergoing dialysis procedure takes three hours. So, we are able to serve only a few patients in a day,” said civil surgeon Dr Ratan Khandelwal.
Government doctors feel patients would be benefited greatly if a separate dialysis centre is set up in the city. “We get a lot of patients every day, and also the charge taken by us is five times less than that of private hospitals. But the problem is we do not have the adequate machinery. Some or the other thing pulls us down,” a senior government doctor said.
The situation becomes even more difficult as hospitals face shortage in terms of medicine and staff. “Dialysis centres are being run in coordination with the Red Cross Society and with public partnership. Any lack of coordination results in chaos. An example of this was the PC Sethi Hospital incident where the distributor of medicines refused to give us the drugs as the previous bills were not clear. A separate cell needs to be set up which can handle it all,” said Dr Khandelwal.
Number of dialysis machines
PC Sethi Hospital 3
MY Hospital 4
District hospital 4